I wanted to call this post Things That Piss Me Off, but I guess the nice girl in me came through at the last moment. I have been dealing with back spasms for the last two days, suffering through pain that would make me curl into a ball if that wouldn’t hurt even more. It’s made me cranky, annoyed, and frankly, pissed off about all kind of things that I usually take in stride.
I’m not sure exactly what I did to hurt my back. While it almost always gives me a few pangs, I woke up Friday feeling just fine. Then, as the morning went on, I could feel it tightening up, and by the time I stood to take a break at work, I had to quickly sit back down as the spasm shot a bolt of pain through my low back.
So, a day later (having to work both days), lots of Aleve, ice, heat, a chair massage, some essential oil treatment, and as much rest as possible, I am feeling much better, but still kind of cranky. So I thought I’d spread the joy by sharing some of the things that really annoy me (beyond my back pain).
There are so many things about other drivers that really annoy me, especially living in a resort town, especially living in a resort town that attracts
old people an older crowd, but I thought I could combine all my peeves into this one section. First of all, nothing related to my town or the age of the drivers, why don’t people use their damn turn signals? Jeez, it’s a flick of the wrist, but apparently that is too much effort for about 75% of drivers to attempt (that is my own estimate, nothing official). Not only is it potentially dangerous, it is also downright rude. C’mon man..let me know what you’re going to do!
Also on my pet peeve list: Drivers who drive 10-15 mph below the speed limit, especially in the left lane, people who suddenly realize that they need to make a left turn, and even though they are in the right lane, swoop swiftly across the road, traffic be damned, instead of driving a little farther and making a U-turn. Yeah, I get that you’re lost, but I still tend to think my life is more important. And they have this little gadget now, called GPS, available in most cars and phones. Check it out.
I get really annoyed with people who follow you on Twitter, wait until you follow them back, then unfollow you. Hey! There’s an app(s) for that!
The Price of Vegan Food (and Women’s Clothing)
I was very excited when Ralph’s started carrying Daiya vegan cheese. I was not so excited that the price of an eight ounce bag of shredded Daiya ranged between $5 and $7. Really? The same goes for vegan burger patties, “chicken” strips, and other options. Yes, I know that they are processed and not very good for me, but that isn’t the point of this post. What is pissing me off is that without an exception, they are about twice as expensive as the “real” version. This is one of the things that leads to reports that being vegan is expensive and difficult.
I included women’s clothing in this section because it runs along the same lines. Whether it is a pair of panties, running shorts, or other (non-designer) items of clothing, it seems that the women’s version, while using less fabric because of their smaller size, still cost more that the men’s. Ticks me off.
People Who Don’t Tag Their Dog
For crying out loud people, if you own a dog, put a tag on it! Or at least chip it (and as my friend Cadry says, keep that info up to date). If your dog gets out, don’t you want to get him back? Do you want to risk his injury or death, or getting captured by animal control, having to endure days in the shelter, or even someone else thinking he is wonderful and keeping him for themselves? It’s an $8 investment with a priceless return!
After my run this morning, I’m going to add People Who Don’t Pick Up Their Dog’s Poop under this category because they are irresponsible owners too. As Alan and I run through our beautiful trails, we pass many piles of poop and it makes me so mad. This is why more and more trails are cut off to dogs.
Runners That Don’t Return a Greeting
What makes some runners so special that they can’t manage the effort to say hi, wave, or even nod their head, in response to my greeting? I have been running for over 20 years, and I always acknowledge other runners. Come on, people, you’re not working so hard that you can’t do the same. I once met Steve Scott, who has more sub 4-minutes miles than anyone, as we were running along the coast in Carlsbad. Not only did he nod his head and say hi the first time we passed him (in opposite directions), when we passed on the return trip, he offered a “great job!” That’s class, and if he can do it, everyone else can too.
Blogs with Bad Grammar and Spelling
I know I’m not perfect in the grammar department. I sometimes write things that I will take a second look at (<– like that sentence) and try to remember the rules of grammar. It happens, even to the best and most careful writers. What annoys me are the writers that don’t seem to care. Multiple typos in a post? Maybe proofreading would be in order. Spelling mistakes? Your blogging theme probably has a spell check option. Use it! Basic grammar and spelling mistakes? Come on…if you are publishing your writing for the public, it might be time to learn the difference between “to” and “too,” “there” and “their,” or “your” and “you’re.”
Phew! That felt good!
Whether it was the venting or because my back is feeling much better, my outlook is much brighter today. My scheduled 10 miler was a little unusual since I didn’t run on Saturday because of my back. We hate for the dogs to miss their run (they love it so much), so Alan and I took Penny and Buddy on our usual trail run, then I took Olivia, Lily and Coco out for another mile and a half. That left just a few more miles to go, so I dropped off the dogs, filled up with more InRefresh and a Reload Gel and took off on my own. It doesn’t matter how it gets done, as long as it gets done.
We did pass a runner who totally ignored our “good mornings,” wouldn’t catch our eye, or acknowledge our existence. Knowing that I was posting this, I just smiled to myself, and thought, “I bet she can’t even run one sub-four-minute mile!”
Okay, fess up. What really ticks you off? Oh, and feel free to call me out on any grammar mistakes or typos I didn’t catch. I asked for it.